Archive for the saving energy/saving money Category

We can help you with NCEEC code compliance – duct testing and blower door testing is our specialty!

Dear HVAC contractor, builder, or General Contractor: As you know, as of March 1, 2012, any new home permitted in the state of North Carolina must comply with the 2012 NCECC (North Carolina Energy Conservation Code), including mandatory duct testing and an optional blower door test to satisfy the air sealing and duct sealing requirements […]

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Money, money, money!

Spring is here, and Ms. Green’s green thumbs are itching! The right one itches because it’s time to garden, and the left one is itching because it’s the perfect time to think about saving money by saving energy. Have you seen that billboard on 15-501 heading north to Chapel Hill? The one with the sand […]

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An energy efficiency quiz!

The 2012 Ms. Green Energy Quiz – Do you know your energy efficiency facts? Readers, Ms. Green feels like she’s always hammering you over the head with the same basic information about energy efficiency, and yet she is worried that while many of you nod your heads when reading her informed and charming responses to […]

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Should you replace your windows?

Dear Ms. Green, I just bought an older home and its energy bills seem high. I’m thinking of getting new windows to help with the bills. What can you tell me about replacement windows? —Cold in Carrboro   Dear Cold, Here’s what Ms. Green thinks about replacement windows: contrary to what the window replacement industry […]

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Energy Efficiency Incentives 2012 for central NC

Dear Ms. Green, Are there any tax incentives or rebates this year for increasing my home’s energy efficiency? What about financing? I really want 2012 to be the year I get an energy audit and follow up with weatherization, but I want to take advantage of whatever deals are out there. Chilly in Chapel Hill […]

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Why get a home energy audit?

A couple of months ago the Piedmont Environment Alliance asked me to do a little article for their newsletter, the PeaPod, about energy audits. So I did! Here it is: When Piedmont Environmental Alliance asked me to write an article explaining why its members should get a home energy audit I had a simple answer […]

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We got a BIG grant to HELP small businesses in Chatham + Lee counties!!

We are very excited to announce that the North Carolina Green Business Fund has seen fit to award our business a grant of almost $120,000 to provide extremely low-cost energy audits and follow-up weatherization to (very) small businesses in Chatham and Lee counties! The small businesses need to be located in commercial property that was […]

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What’s more wasteful? A major oil spill in the gulf of Mexico or heating/cooling a fraction of the homes in central NC?

Here’s the answer: We posted this image from energysavvy.com a while back, but after taking a close look we decided we needed to revise it. Original figures had weatherizing 75000 homes at $1 billion. That puts the average weatherization job at more than $13,000. That seems REALLY HIGH to us! Way, way more than our […]

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Feelin’ hot hot hot! Need new air conditioner? Need new windows? NOPE!

This little piggy is HOT! So hot! Is it because he needs a new air conditioner or heat pump? Is it because he needs new windows? Is it that he just needs to suck it up and suffer? Nope. Probably not. Piggy is HOT because he lives in a leaky, poorly insulated and poorly sealed […]

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Carrboro Wise Program

Hey – Carrboro people! Your attention, please! Thanks to the town of Carrboro and the BetterBuildings program, the Carrboro WISE Buildings program has now expanded to include residential properties! Yahoo for Carrboro homeowners! And it’s a pretty good deal, too: $150 subsidy for professional energy audits and possible inclusion in a $425 subsidy towards air-sealing […]

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